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Are We Close to Solving the Mystery of IBS?

Doctors today have to rely on X-ray scans and patients’ descriptions of their symptoms to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But scientists at the University of Nottingham’s Digestive Diseases Centre in the U.K. have discovered a new way of investigating the illness using MRIs, which could affect how doctors diagnose and treat IBS in the future. Yahoo Health (1/15)

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Dr. Caroll Koscheski of ACG: Value-Based Care in Gastroenterology

Value-based care is a term heard across all specialties in healthcare, but value is an abstract term. Physicians, payers and patients each have a stake in defining value-based care and what it means for the future of healthcare. Becker’s (1/15)

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Crohn’s Anti-TNF Tx Won’t Boost Cancer Risk

Anti-tumor necrosis factor agents like infliximab (Remicade) were not associated with risks for cancer in patients with Crohn’s disease, researchers found. Medscape (1/10)

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Current Screening Guidelines Fail to Identify Celiac Disease

Current guidelines for detecting undiagnosed celiac disease (CD) are inadequate for widespread CD screening, according to results from a study published online January 13 in Pediatrics. Medscape (1/13)

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You’ll never believe what doctors are using to fight gut infections: Fecal transplants

The mere thought of a fecal transplant — the transfer of beneficial bacteria from the colon of one person into the colon of another — is just plain yucky. But for people with bowel infections — particularly those caused by the pernicious Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, strain — the procedure can be life-changing. Washington Post (1/6)

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U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Again: Report

The rate of cancer deaths among Americans continues to decline, according to a new report. Over the last 20 years, the overall risk of dying from cancer has dropped 20 percent, researchers found. HealthDay (1/7)

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Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Changing to a diet heavy in animal proteins rapidly changes the makeup of the gastrointestinal microbiome, according to new research, and the changes might contribute to inflammation and disease in the intestines. Nine participants in the research tried each of two diets, one loaded with animal proteins and fats, the other with plant-based foods and plenty of fiber. NPR (12/11)

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FDA approves faster, easier treatment for hepatitis C

A new medication for chronic hepatitis C that can be paired with other drugs to make treatment of the liver-damaging disease faster, easier and more effective got approval from the Food and Drug Administration Friday. USA Today (12/6)

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Banish the bloat

Bloat is a frequent complaint, especially among women. Though rarely life threatening, it’s one of the earliest and most common signs that something is amiss in the gastrointestinal tract, a long and twisting road that stretches from the mouth to the anus. The Courant (11/22)

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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of “gut feelings?” There’s growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.

“I’m always by profession a skeptic,” says , a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. “But I do believe that our gut microbes affect what goes on in our brains.” NPR (11/18)

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